Scouting Austin Aune, and Day 3 draft action

With the first of their two second-round picks yesterday (#89 overall), the Yankees drafted Austin Aune from Argyle High School in Texas.  Aune is a great all-around athlete, and had a dual-sport scholarship to TCU to play quarterback for the football team as well as baseball.  A shortstop in high school, Aune projects better in...

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Inside the Yankees run of success

That run includes a five game winning streak immediately following that 6-0 loss, and the Yankees have now won three of their last four series and taken the opener of the fifth. What’s more, two of those three losses (the Memorial Day game in Anaheim and the Saturday night game in Detroit), easily could have gone the other way with just a little bit of good fortune. They’ve only been truly outplayed in one game, and that one game included a very good pitching performance by Dan Haren and a slew of great defensive plays by the Angels. Here are some more factoids from this recent stretch:

  • The Yankees have outscored their opponents 67-35.
  • Their offense has scored at least four runs in eight of those games, going 7-1 in those games.
  • The pitching staff has allowed no more than three runs seven times, and the Yankees have won all of those games.
  • In the most recent two games, the Yankees have scored a combined 12 runs in games started by Justin Verlander and James Shields, winning both.
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How smart are those Rays?

There is nothing bad you can say about the Rays’ pitching. They lead the American League in earned runs allowed. They do an amazing job of finding pitching talent and developing it for the majors. What they have done with Fernando Rodney is nothing short of genius. But they are not nearly as good at finding offensive players. To be fair, their best right-handed hitters like Evan Longoria and Jeff Keppinger are on the disabled list. The outcome last night might have been a little different for Andy Pettitte with them in there. But even so, don’t you have to question a roster that requires three designated hitter types who all bat from the left side to be in the lineup against a left-handed pitcher?

And what of some of these roster decisions? Carlos Pena is back to his usual self. He had a brief flash in early April and yes, the Yankees were victimized by that. But what has he done since?…

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Early Reaction to C Peter O'Brien, 89th Overall

Because the Yankees did not sign Sam Stafford last year, they held two second-round picks in this year’s draft. With their second pick (89th overall), the Yankees selected University of Miami senior Peter O’Brien.

O’Brien has quite a few quirks in his biography and scouting report. At 6’5″ 225 lbs, he’s very big for a catcher...

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Pettitte, Yanks, blank Rays 7-0

The Yankees jumped all over James Shields and the Rays early and often tonight, aided in part by more shoddy defensive play by the Rays. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out against Shields in the very first inning, only to see Mark Teixeira give the Rays’ righty a lifeboat with the most predictable strikeout ever for the second out. Raul Ibanez then hit into a routine grounder to shortstop but, as Yankeedom threatened to explode early tonight at the prospect of even more RISPfail, Elliot Johnson botched the throw to first base, and the Yankees managed to plate two runs on the error. The next time the Yankees loaded the bases would not be nearly as maddening, as Russell Martin drilled an 0-2 fastball into the right-centerfield stands for a grand slam home run to give the Yankees a 6-0 lead. Nick Swisher would add a double with runners on first and third in the fifth to bring in the Yankees’ seventh and final run of the night.…

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The Farm Report: 6/5/12

Trenton got blanked by Erie 5-0:
The Thunder had few chances early in the game, as Erie jumped out to a lead in the third thanks to a double from Niuman Romero.  Rawley Bishop knocked a solo homer in the fourth and the SeaWolves added another run in the fifth, giving them a 4-0 lead.  Erie added another run in the eighth, but it was more than enough as Trenton failed to put up any fight and took a 5-0 loss.  Jose Pirela went 2-4 and Zoilo Almonte and Jeffrey Farnham each had a hit to round out the Trenton offense.  Brett Marshall went six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, two walks and four Ks.

Tampa’s game was postponed.

Charleston beat Hickory 10-3:
Cito Culver started the bottom of the first with a single to left.  Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez and Dante Bichette each followed with singles, plating Culver and loading the bases.  Austin scored when Angelo Gumbs hit into a force out at second.  …

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